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Confronting the Coffee CrisisFair Trade, Sustainable Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Mexico and Central America$
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Christopher M Bacon, V. Ernesto Mendez, Stephen R Gliessman, David Goodman, and Jonathan A Fox

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026338

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.001.0001

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Social Dimensions of Organic Coffee Production in Mexico: Lessons for Eco-Labeling Initiatives

Social Dimensions of Organic Coffee Production in Mexico: Lessons for Eco-Labeling Initiatives

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(p.237) 10 Social Dimensions of Organic Coffee Production in Mexico: Lessons for Eco-Labeling Initiatives
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Confronting the Coffee Crisis
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David B. Bray

José Luis Plaza Sanchez

Ellen Contreras Murphy

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026338.003.0010

This chapter focuses on analyzing the pros and cons of producing certified organic coffee in the context of social justice and biodiversity conservation, as revealed in the case study in Chiapas, Mexico. The importance of developing strategies that focus on consumer consciousness and coffee certification are discussed; the advantages of organic coffee production are explored in terms of costs and subsidies and environment and social benefits. The chapter emphasizes the importance of understanding the production of environmentally friendly agricultural products for better biodiversity conservation and shade-tree organic coffee marketing. The chapter states that sustainable agricultural production in Mexico and organic coffee purchase for habitat conservation are equally important. The importance of understanding the limitations of organic coffee cultivation is also explored.

Keywords:   certified organic coffee, social justice, biodiversity conservation, consumer consciousness, aqgricultural products, sustainable agricultural production, habitat conservation

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